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Demolition, p11

June 28, 2019 by Tim


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Coffee
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Coffee

Ethan no, she’s caught you. Either come up with a convincing lie or tell her the truth. Perhaps it will change her mind about super heroes.

Gizmalien
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Gizmalien

It’s Ethan, he can’t tell the truth until it’s far too late.

Graham Best
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Graham Best

Either way, the relationship is over. Did you catch that ‘Demolition’ referred to Demolition Duke and the demolition of this relationship? Clever, Tim.

Garlyn
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Garlyn

I guess he could kill himself.. to show her..

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Or just break up with her, since he wants to be with Lilah and is pretty much just stringing Emily along anyway.

https://cad-comic.com/comic/swapped-p6/

Mindrivet
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Mindrivet

I love that he stopped looking for a story to give her and went off on a wild Ethan tangent. He looks so serious.

Michiel
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Michiel

Phew! At least that fire has been put out. Quick thinking, Ethan.

raven0ak
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raven0ak

Ethan you be screwed now

Christopher Dittrich
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Christopher Dittrich

Oh Ethan, just let her in on your story. Don’t let it end as you did with Lilah. Of course under very different circumstances, but still, don’t let anything separate you!

toughluck
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toughluck

This is where she accidentally kills him and he spawns back, right?

Patrick
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Patrick

Yeah, “accidentally”

John
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John

Okay thats not exactly my guess that that is hilarious. My guess is that the Xbot will show up or just kidnap her. Kidnapping the girlfriend is such a common trope.

MarthKoopa
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MarthKoopa

I really really really REALLY hope Ethan comes clean by the next strip. This kind of “can’t tell the secret” drama is toooooooo cliche.

Twilight Faze
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It’s cliche because it works. It’s boring and predictable, sure, but it still functions for the story. You need the right amount anyway. Too much cliches and you’re effectively copy-pasting another story. Too little (meaning, trying to avoid them or “be original”) and the story is confusing and is effectively what looks like an Andy Warhol painting in written form. Everything is about balance. Cliches included.

MarthKoopa
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MarthKoopa

Stories are confusing when they avoid cliches? That’s an interesting take. And I like how you say “it works’ but then immediately follow with “boring and predictable”.

nealithi
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nealithi

I don’t know. The secret identity thing has been explored. It is very dangerous to Not have one. For starters it is like coming home for veterans. A chance to breathe. So having one entails the risks inherent to it. The letting it get out. Ethan has known her a relatively short time. And letting her in on his secret reveals Lucas as well. So the trope really is needed. The problem is he was caught in a lie and needs to find a way around it or out of it. Admitting who he is may not be the smart… Read more »

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

He might as well. His chance of keeping a secret identity longer than a year seems about zero to me anyhow. He just doesn’t have the impulse control.

HonoredMule
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HonoredMule

Don’t forget this is our new see-saw Ethan – still wild and silly for games but able to be mature and restrained for important things.

Joe
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Joe

It WOULD be a nice change, actually.

Patrick DiSandro
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Patrick DiSandro

Possibly unpopular opinion: It’s not that I hate the analog and d-pad comics, it’s just that I would probably be more excited about them if they were a specific comic I was tuning in for. Same for Starjammers. We had a Superhero arc, followed by like 3 regular comics, followed by a stand alone Superhero plug of “Hey, subscribe to my patreon to get this!” followed by maybe 2 regular comics and now back to Superhero. It was the better part of a decade ago when this comic ‘ended’ the Ethan and Lucus main comic. Which weirded people out, but… Read more »

Hunter
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Hunter

I disagree with you 100%. I could care less about gaming comics and CAD hasn’t been a strictly gaming comic for a long time now.

I’m here for the stories. I love it.

Also the reason why we’re seeing a lot more of Ethan and Lucas 2.0 is because of a Poll ran a few years ago. By a huge landslide people wanted way more Ethan and Lucas.

Bnethor
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Bnethor

I wonder if the author ever feels like he has painted himself in a corner where he’d really like to do something else but the ghosts of the past are what keeps the lights on.

Patrick DiSandro
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Patrick DiSandro

See, I would totally understand that. And I would totally understand if he said “CAD is ending” and started a new comic. Webcomics aren’t ‘new’ anymore, they haven’t been new for about 2 decades. We’ve seen comics end, we’ve seen artists start new projects. But I guess he feels if he didn’t have CAD’s long standing namesake going, no one would care, he’d lose clicks and ad money. It’s like Sinfest (to an insanely lesser extent.) Rather than start a new comic, Tatsuya wanted to keep the Sinfest ‘brand’ and of course the audience, so he just gradually twisted his… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

I disagree with you both 🙂
Yes, I really like CAD, but also the Console Wars, and I love the funny colored P&P sessions, and of course I really liked the Starcaster Chronicles. And I like how they mix up. The only thing I don’t like is too much critics on how free content is being published. No offense, but I’m grateful for the great comics and stories I can enjoy here.

Mano
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Mano

I can say for certain that I disagree entirely with you on this.

I enjoy the gaming based comics (and especially love the Console Wars) but I’m really here for the Ethan and Co. story comics, and always had been.

The end of CAD 1.0, and subsequent replacement with CAD 2.0, was never something I was particularly happy about, and subsequently I’m never as pleased with CAD 2.0 as when new Analog and D-Pad stories come out.

FITCamaro
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FITCamaro

Go to top, click on “Comics” dropdown. Click to comic of your choice. Bookmark as you please. /thumbsup

That said, I have no issue with things alternating week to week. I originally got into CAD for the funny gaming comics. Then the Ethan and Lucas storyline. Since 2.0, it’s been like this and that’s fine. As long as we’re sticking to one main storyline comic (be it Analog + DPad or Starcaster), I’m good. My brain can track the multiple arcs.

Steve
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Steve

I am greatly enjoying the A+D arcs. Those and Starcaster keep me coming back. Really looking forward to the next full issue (hoping there will be one, anyway).

Joe
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Joe

Gaming was and is the HOOK. You stay for the characters and the storylines. Even at the console wars thing (my fav!), the fun comes more from the military cliches and the whole crazyness of the idea itself than the critique of a conflict that’s has been more or less completely imaginary the whole time. Why, I’ve been a hard core RPG player most of my life, and the comics I like the least are the players playing an RPG. The story is dull, not taken seriously by anyone (not even the players, except poor 3) and see no point… Read more »

Mr Todd the Fox
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Mr Todd the Fox

Kinda agree, but I love all the comics that Tim comes up with.

I think all the comics are fantastic good fun, but I agree that there could be some separation with the way they are put out. Maybe have separate links on the front page to the various comics so people could read the arcs in one go without having to go through the other comic stories just to find the next page.

That being said, keep up the good work Tim!

Dgaan
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Dgaan

hmmm. debating if i agree or not. But here is a thought. what if the original comic never ended? Here is my theory. The device the supposedly kill Ethan actually cause him to be split between realities. And all the web-comics on this site being made are a view of what is going on in those realities. and at some point Ethan will pop up in all of them or some version of him. And he slowly comes realize what has happened to him and he begins trying to figure out how to return to his own reality and time.

Bwauder
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Bwauder

At this point in the argument, given past points of view, there is NO way to win for Ethan.
Might as well go for the technical victory, with extra points for major confusion.

Stephen
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Stephen

“You should have told me you were at the apartment. I had headphones on” – Ethan telling a reasonable lie related to their mutual hobbies and hard to disprove

tiamattt
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tiamattt

Someone tell Lucas to never let Ethan anywhere near a blackjack table, because he really picks the worse times to double down.

Twilight Faze
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THIS is Friday’s comic?! Augh of all the cliffhangers to start the weekend on…

Nekopanzer
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Nekopanzer

Looks like Ethan possesses yet another super power:

Super hole digging power!

CharleyB
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CharleyB

idiot. Ethan’s making me cringe all over again. Ethan, might I suggest you go meta and look up a webcomic called ctrl-alt-del from some years back. You might learn something, lol

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

Yeah, even I know you can’t tumble out of that situation.

Jase
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Jase

Should he have to explain himself?

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Yes.

Kaitensatsuma
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Kaitensatsuma

I’m usually on Ethan’s general side because hijinks . but this is some gaslighting bullshit right hyah

ShonaSoF
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ShonaSoF

Whaa?

Gaslighting: manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

Pulse
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Pulse

well hes not wrong…

Leon
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Leon

Immortality won’t save you this time

Thorlas
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Thorlas

That’s a bold strategy cotton, let’s see if it pays off for him

Joker Marohn
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Joker Marohn

Just tell the truth, Ethan….nothing good comes from trying to cover it up….

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Agreed. Either decide to trust her, tell the truth, and deal with the consequences, or just tell her flatly that you can’t share that info and that you shouldn’t be dating. At some point, trust has to be there, and you owe her this knowledge. It’s not because she found out, it’s because you two are a much closer couple than just a casual fling.

Plus, you promised. Don’t destroy her trust. It’s not easily gained back.

BTrammel
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BTrammel

Aaaaand the story title didn’t necessarily refer to the bank heist…

Korith
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Korith

Ruh Roh

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

YES. I was worried that we had just gone past this and wouldn’t revisit fora while.

Chris
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Chris

Oooo the direct approach…I don’t think any of us saw this one coming…

Chris
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Chris

Insert contrived breakup so he’s free to chase Lilah.

Richard Weatherfield
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Richard Weatherfield

Contrived? It would be a perfectly logical progression to have a fight and break up after this. He’s been lying to her, and she caught him.

Tyco
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Tyco

That might be the best argument Ethan has ever made though.

Mike
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Mike

Ethan, you’re not smart enough to use that argument…

Stephen
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Stephen

Nope, Ethan too late. Your best move at this point is to just jump out the window.

Karrde
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Karrde

Ethan cant come up with a lie, because Ethan. Either he doubles down on not telling her and they break up, or he tells her, and opens up that can of worms.

Alex Larson
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Alex Larson

I don’t like how contrived this all feels. Ethan could have just said he was out with Lucas and there wouldn’t be an issue. Feels like drama for drama sake. I’m sure you’ve gotta get rid of Emily at some point so Lilah can come into the picture but at least make the fight over something real.

Halosty
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Halosty

On re-read, I now interpret her expression in the third panel as “Oh, Ethan broke again.”

Vukodlak
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Vukodlak

Well Lucas could save the day by stepping in and saying “Oh Emily, you here? were you able to buzz in okay its been broken the past couple days”

Sigurther
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Sigurther

Sadly predictable. Also is the final outcome.